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How To Hang A Print

To enliven a new home or brighten a room, nothing adds colour and the right mood as a framed photograph, an art print or a museum poster. Whether as a housewarming gift, college dorm wall art, or simply to enliven a drab cubicle wall at the office, the right print provides a welcomed focus point for any room. As a photographer, your framed photographs can also serve as a portfolio of your work to colleagues (many photographers hang a print in their cubicle and sell to their colleagues this way), friends and neighbours.

Here are a few helpful hints on how to safely hang a print for maximum enjoyment.

Height
The best height to hang a poster or print is at eye level.

Position the print such that the center of the print is at your eye level or just a little below. Try positioning the print so that the middle of your art is about 1.6 metres off the floor, and see if it is at your eye level.

Hang your print too high and you'll have to crane your neck up to look at it; hang it too low, and it just looks funny.

Horizontal or Vertical
Consider a wide print on the wall above the sofa. A horizontal rectangle makes that wall look wider.

Likewise, consider a narrow tall print besides a window. A vertical rectangle makes the window look taller.

Frame Colour
Concerning frame colour, the rule of thumb is to match the colour of the frame with the dominant colour on the print (i.e. the colour covering most of the print).

This is especially effective if there is a white border around your print. The complementary colour of the frame holds the picture together.

On the other hand, avoid a contrasting frame for it will draw attention away from the picture.

Maximum Impact
Breaking the rule of thumb above can be very effective if you know what you are doing! In this case, what you want to do is to look for the one part of the picture you want to draw attention to: say it is a single tree with reddish autumn leaves in a vast expanse of landscape. Match your frame colour to the red colour of the foliage (e.g. choosing a rich red wood frame); this will immediately draw attention to the tree.

When to use a Black Frame
If your print is a night scene, or if the scene is mostly dark (e.g. sunset, sunrise), a black frame may just be the right one to keep the focus on the picture and not the frame.

How Many Prints
Hanging too many prints of different types in the same room or on the same wall can be jarring to the senses.

Select a theme, and choose your prints around it.

Select one very large print to be the focal point of the room, and accent this with framed pictures or you can even use a matching illustrated book on the coffee table.

A vase of flowers with colours echoing the colours on your print will enhance and give a 3D effect to your decorating efforts.

Frame your print for a Gallery Effect
A doorway makes a great natural frame.

If there is a wall facing the doorway, hang an appropriate sized print on that wall -- centered and framed by the doorway -- for a gallery effect.

Use Mirrors Effectively
Don't forget the reflective power of mirrors.

When you look into a mirror on one of your walls, what do you see reflected? A museum art poster placed strategically on a wall across from the mirror can be candy to the eyes.

Inspirational, Not!
Inspirational posters have become more or less a staple in many offices -- and the laughing stock od employees.

You do not need inspirational posters to inspire your staff: what you need is to set the example by your leadership.

The messages in the inspitational posters quickly become stale and lose their effectiveness.

In fact,employees start to resent these posters as managerial "in-your-face" reminders and so these achieve the very opposite effect of what is desired.

Instead, consider theart itself minus the "inspirational"message. Employees will appreciate the effort you make to enliven their (personal) work space (why not let each employee select one for his or her cubicle/office)?

For example, for a first-year thank-you, forego the framed certificate of appreciation (that no one appreciates receiving if you ask them to be truthful about it) -- let them select a framed art print instead.

Be different, be original!

Think Safety
A framed print can be heavy and can hurt a child (or even an adult) if it falls on him or her.

So, please use the right hooks to hang your framed prints. Ensure the hooks are strong enough to hold the framed print. Also, ensure the hooks are held securely into the wall.

Because of this danger, however good it may look, refrain from hanging framed prints over a bed or play area. Children jumping on the bed, banging on the wall, and otherwise accidentally moving the print off its hooks during play, can inadvertently dislodge the print and get hurt from its fall.

Use common sense when decorating your rooms: Better be safe than sorry.

Useful Links:

Artwork in Large Rooms

28 Tips For Hanging Art

9 Ways to Create a Focal Point in a Room

Decorative Solutions Using Art

Artwork on a Budget


Any of our recommended prints below, framed, will make a special gift appreciated by old and young alike. Or, use the SEARCH button below to find that special art poster or print you are looking for.

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Alpine Reflection
Alpine Reflection
Wolfe, Art
36 in. x 26 in.
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Morning Trail
Morning Trail
Bargelski, Michael
17 in. x 13 in.
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Winter Awakening
Winter Awakening
Cook, Anthony E.
31 in. x 24 in.
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Framed   Mounted
Alaska Tundra in Autumn Glory
Alaska Tundra in Autumn Glory
Cook, Anthony E.
8 in. x 6 in.
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Framed   Mounted
Moonrise
Moonrise
Pezzenti Jr, John
8 in. x 10 in.
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Framed   Mounted
Green Field
Green Field
Rokeach, Barrie
20 in. x 16 in.
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Framed   Mounted
Island in Time
Island in Time
Cook, Anthony E.
31 in. x 24 in.
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Ayers Rock
Ayers Rock
34 in. x 24 in.
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Snake River
Snake River
30 in. x 24 in.
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Grand Teton
Grand Teton
36 in. x 24 in.
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Seebensee
Seebensee
36 in. x 24 in.
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Maldive Evening
Maldive Evening
36 in. x 24 in.
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Cliff Palace-Mesa Verde
Cliff Palace-Mesa Verde
Ekman, Stan
26 in. x 36 in.
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Framed   Mounted
Blumensee
Blumensee
36 in. x 24 in.
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Daybreak
Daybreak
Neill, William
36 in. x 20 in.
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Framed   Mounted
Lingtrin, Tibetan Himalayas
Lingtrin, Tibetan Himalayas
Wolfe, Art
36 in. x 24 in.
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Avalanche Creek
Avalanche Creek
Neill, William
26 in. x 32 in.
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Nevada Falls, Rainbow,Yosemite
Nevada Falls, Rainbow,Yosemite
Adams, Ansel
24 in. x 36 in.
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Pine Forest in Snow, Yosemite
Pine Forest in Snow, Yosemite
Adams, Ansel
24 in. x 36 in.
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Framed   Mounted
 
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